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What You Can And Can't Do At Duval County Beaches, Starting May 4

police officer riding on ATV on the sand
Heather Schatz
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WJCT News
Police patrol Jacksonville Beach on April 30, 2020.

The cities of Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, and Neptune Beach will be opening the Duval County beaches, with activity restrictions, but with no time restrictions starting at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 4.

Social distancing guidelines remain in effect.

Starting Monday, guidelines for beach activities include:

  • Allowed activities: walking, biking, hiking, fishing, running, swimming, and surfing
  • Not allowed: sunbathing, towels, blankets, chairs, coolers, grills, etc.
  • Keep moving and remain active
  • Groups of 10 or fewer, with at least 6 feet distance between groups

In Jacksonville Beach, dogs are permitted on the beach between the hours of 5 p.m and 9 a.m.
In addition to the changes in the time restrictions for beaches, Jacksonville Beach will be lifting restrictions on:

  • Tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts
  • Skate park at Sunshine Park
  • Playground equipment

Patrons must still adhere to social distancing guidelines in all recreational activities.
“The support of the public is crucial and paramount in order to continue flattening the curve of COVID-19. Compliance with these activity and social distancing guidelines is greatly appreciated by all communities and is enforceable by law. Cooperation from our community is allowing for a continued, gradual, easing of restrictions and is greatly appreciated,” a city of Jacksonville Beach spokesman said in an email to WJCT News.